20 Jan. 2004


The Editor:



Dear Editor:


Irshad Manji’s attacks on Islam {Jan. 19} are a litany of fraudulent charges that defy credibility. Her charge that Islam harbors anti-Semitism is a falsehood that defies historic record. Chaim Weizmann, Israel’s first president, stated before the Anglo-American Committee of Enquiry in Jerusalem, in 1946: “I would not like to do any injustice. The Muslim world has treated the Jews with considerable tolerance. The Ottoman Empire {which was virtually entirely Muslims} received the Jews with open arms when they were driven out of Spain and  Europe, and the Jews should never forget that.”


Yours sincerely,


Ismail Zayid, MD.